By Robert W. Black
A iteration ahead of Vietnam, the battle for Korea raged. It was once as tough and soiled a conflict as has ever been fought--a struggle small in historical past, yet very huge to the lads who waged it. . . .
In the Korean warfare, one staff in particular others extraordinary itself, a small elite band who volunteered for motion at the back of enemy strains. They have been the boys of the U. S. Army's mythical Rangers. They succeeded in making the 1st wrestle bounce in Ranger background, destroying enemy headquarters, and causing the 1st defeat on Communist chinese language forces whereas pain a disproportionate variety of casualties.
This is their tale, informed right here for the 1st time--based on army documents, interviews with survivors, and the author's own studies as an American Ranger within the Korean War.
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